Mike Spath points out that doing an interview for the official site is a pretty good indicator he'll be back.
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|9 hours 58 min ago||I Don't Know...||
Like others, I have this feeling - right now, a sinking one - that there is some organizational dysfunction that goes with this story and that we are not hearing about at present. Unless Dave himself wanted to leave right this minute, the timing of this is very, very strange to me and I can honestly say that I didn't see it coming - not sure what others mean when they say they did see it. We can criticize some of the trades on a case-by-case basis, but I don't think you simply part ways with someone who took a team from cellar dweller to perennial contender.
They are saying now that Avila was first contacted on the 1st, a day after the trade deadline. Very, very interesting.
|11 hours 42 min ago||Very Cool...||
If this is going to be available through the App Store, I just discovered a way to do less than I normally might in the way of actual work during the season. I better haul ass in August because this is going to make it just that much tougher to be productive.
|11 hours 45 min ago||Great Thread...||
I like these threads because it reminds me what a special experience Michigan Stadium is, especially when it is your first time going to a game, and particularly after cheering for the Wolverines for so long. I've had the advantage of not only being a student at Michigan but growing up locally (spending about twelve years of my life in Saline, right outside Ann Arbor), so it was easy for me to take this experience for granted because we always went to at least a few and it was never more than a 20-25 minute drive from any place I've lived.
As for restaurants, you can pretty much pick and choose up and down Main Street - Gratzi is not a bad experience if you've never been, and that's just for starters. Just off Main, Bandito's is pretty good Mexican fare IMHO and there's also the Chop House if you're in the mood for steak. Larger point, you can choose and rarely be incorrect in the Main Street Corridor.
Sights....obviously the campus of the University Of Michigan, but if you have time, the museums on it as well. There won't be much in bloom in November, but Nichols Arboretum - if the weather is decent - is a nice place to just go for a walk. Around the city, the Matthei Botanical Gardens are a fun diversion, the Leslie Nature Center too. Back on South Campus, the Towsley Museum - a very nice shrine to Michigan football indeed. Check the hours though - they are limited.
|13 hours 18 min ago||I Was Wondering...||
Considering that we are now - what is it - north of 40 bowl games now, you would think that being a .500 team at minimum would not impede your chances of making a bowl at all. I mean, we're at a point where being 4-8 would probably make you the football equivalent of a "bubble team" when it came to bowl selection if not for some of the restrictions on team records and bowls.
|13 hours 45 min ago||A Few Things...||
It may sound a bit nitpicky, but where is the Sharpie? If we're going to draw a man who lends himself well to being drawn, at least include the Sharpie. Also, is it just me or does anyone else get a younger Les Miles vibe from some of the features? I could be wrong and you would then be right to say, "Put on your glasses, Lorne", but still....it could be improved, I think.
|15 hours 29 min ago||I've Thought About This...||
My son is much more of a baseball person so I may yet be spared the decision if the trend continues (my daughter is a huge basketball fan actually), but if it came to a point where he asked about it, as much a fan as I am of the game, I wouldn't actively encourage it but I wouldn't disallow it (if he really pressed the matter) so long as it was an informed decision and he understood as much as possible the risk involved. He has a grandfather who is a living example of some of the lingering issues that the game can leave physically, so there's that as well.
Then again, my wife is not a fan of even the faintest prospect of the kids playing something much more dangerous than baseball, so there is also this to consider.
|17 hours 12 min ago||It's Interesting...||
It is definitely a more interesting way of building the excitement, especially with the limited access to the program that will be allowed in August, and I think the feeling you describe - "crazed, insane, take-no-prisoners" - is what they are attempting to build, although obviously backing it up with a good performance will help. I am curious as to how many more of these there will be actually.
|18 hours 31 min ago||The Other One...||
The other Ford dealership commercial that is rather iconic around these parts is Roy O'Brien's in St. Clair Shores - "Stay on the right track to 9 Mile and Mack...."
That being said, for sheer entertainment value growing up, the world would stand still for Mel Farr Ford's commercials. I even had my dad drag me down there once so I could meet Farr (we had no idea that he would actually be there, but it turns out that he was) and I managed to get an autograph.
|1 day 5 hours ago||If I Recall...||
If I recall this game correctly, I don't think the Rebels even managed 100 yards of net rushing, nor did they even get half of the - what was it - 715 yards of total offense from Michigan? I seem to remember some almost Tecmo numbers from some players. I also remember Desmond Howard having some crazy yards per reception numbers, something on the order of 25 yards or so.
|1 day 5 hours ago||Honestly...||
You go off the blog to do a little GISHWES craziness and some podcasting....
Stadium wide Harbaugh chant prior to the Oregon State game
<Chant Discussion Disabled>
Yes, the chant discussion was disabled....rightfully so and by other MGoBloggers.
|1 day 8 hours ago||Quite Unlikely, I Think...||
Since 0-16 is a once in a lifetime thing and we've just seen the Lions do it a few years back...it is more likely to happen again! It's weird but freaky statistical things happen like that in close proximity
Talent and coaching come into play here, and the Lions were a special kind of awful during that, oh, shall we say "perfect season that no one wants" indeed. Despite the numerous ominous changes in the 49ers roster, staff and so forth, I can't foresee them being quite that terrible. "Not good" seems likely perhaps, but even most such teams normally manage to fight a few out and end up on top.
|1 day 10 hours ago||It Depends...||
She did not disclose which facility the bird was sent to, saying it didn't need the undue attention that was sure to come with having taken the bird.
If it is one of those white collar facilities where you get cable, a butler and free tennis lessons, I might very well get into a turkey costume and start wandering around North Campus myself.
|1 day 11 hours ago||Happy Birthday, Tom...||
Well, if there is anyone that could stand a more cheerful day in football lately, it might just be Tom Brady. I don't know that a Brady-worthy gift is quite in the budget, but tweeting out birthday wishes will hopefully suffice. I keep forgetting that Brady is less than a year older than me - not sure why except perhaps it is simply a rare event for someone to have had the career that he has had for as long as Brady has.
|1 day 12 hours ago||Interesting Article...||
But the events of his first off-season—such as seeking out meetings at the supreme court and the justices agreeing to see him—aren’t part of some grand strategy to restore Michigan to glory. Harbaugh himself says he isn’t trying to be popular or build any more buzz around his team.
One of the best things about the Harbaugh era to date is that he really is not putting on a show for anyone - he really is simply being Jim Harbaugh - and every week, I think you have to ask yourself, "What will this man do next?". It seems to be a wonderful bonus feature of the Harbaugh era to date.
|1 day 15 hours ago||General Rule Is...||
Like some others, unless I am in the party or close to the person who is getting married, I generally will go to the game or stay home and watch it if it is away and just go to the reception later as it seems like most of the time the reception is starting around the time the game is ending - if the times coordinate at all, of course.
I did actually miss the 2004 San Diego State game for a close friend's wedding, as well as the 2006 Wisconsin game for a family wedding, although at least that time I was in a hotel reception room (ceremony was in the hotel) and there was a bar.
|1 day 18 hours ago||One Month...||
It seems like we've waited for to get to even this point forever, but in reality it hasn't been all that long. I actually like the idea of media access to the practices being limited - they really don't need that distraction right now. It will make the speculation that much more rampant, but personally I am hoping to be pleasantly surprised by who gets the most playing time and where in some instances.
You can almost see football from here, folks. Not much longer now.
|2 days 9 hours ago||Oddly Enough...||
Oddly enough, my wife swears by Cracker Barrel's reuben and she is A) from Chicago, and B) a 25 minute drive from Zingerman's as well as other decent reubens in Ann Arbor and Detroit. I am not sure how this is possible as my go-to places for reubens are all delis, but apparently this is one of those scenarios where I have to shrug and mutter "to each their own".
|2 days 12 hours ago||Oregon's Colors...||
Oregon's colors are determined by this in the form of a dart board from week to week:
|2 days 12 hours ago||As A Plan B...||
As a Plan B, in the event Ann Arbor is more or less booked for that game (which probably isn't the case for UNLV but you never know), there is plenty of reasonable lodging near Detroit Metropolitan Airport and to a lesser extent in neighboring Belleville (most of the hotels in Belleville do have airport shuttles), which is only about 20-25 minutes east of Ann Arbor along I-94. Otherwise, as other have mentioned, look arounf I-94 and State or Victors Way by Briarwood - plenty of options.
|2 days 15 hours ago||Silverstein...||
Silverstein is always an excellent choice - for many months at a stretch, all my kids wanted to hear was stuff out of "Where The Sidewalk Ends", "Falling Up", "A Light In The Attic" and his other works. I had not even touched them in years, but those poems have not lost a beat in my mind and I found that, at nearly 40, I was still enjoying them and laughing at them.
|2 days 20 hours ago||Very Sad...||
There were quite a few articles out there in the spring about Johnson's mom - who played in the 1980s at Jackson State, as I recall - being essentially his coach and guide during his formative years in basketball, even going as far as to throw interview questions at him after practices in the hopes he would in fact live the dream he is about to live. Very sad news indeed.
|2 days 20 hours ago||It Won't Happen, But...||
Fortunately, these seems fake and unlikely to ever happen anywhere there is a football team with any remaining dignity, but I have to wonder how this works for USC - do you really want to run around with two prominent Trojans sticking out of your pants? Thanks, I will show myself out.
|3 days 5 hours ago||Long Day Indeed....||
There was a party at the house today, followed by a trip to Willow Metropark for the second phase of the party and 2.5 hours of pool time, so after about seven hours of having to be social, rum and Cokes are the order of the day. I am not too worried as most of the booze should be absorbed by the Cracker Barrel breakfast that my visiting family wants to have tomorrow. As long as no one talks to me as I consume that breakfast, I should be fine.
|3 days 7 hours ago||Very Nice...||
That cat in the middle of the picture looks like he has completely spaced out, perhaps even entered some level of psychosis. That's typical in the closing weeks before the season actually starts and OT season ends as material does tend to get a bit thin around here some days. Actually, I had that look through most of the apparel threads, to be honest.
|3 days 10 hours ago||You Know...||
You know, I am just going to start telling people that I have three great uncles and one grandparent that spent the better part of four years fighting the Ohio State Marching Band, even having one of those great uncles have to dodge tasteless parody to estalish a beachhead in northern France on a rather historic day.
|3 days 10 hours ago||Throwing Them Out There...||
"No Artifical Preservatives And No Fillers (Except During OT Season) - Now With 100% More Harbaugh"
"We Post On This Blog With An Ethusiasm Unknown To Mankind"
|4 days 5 hours ago||Great Episode...||
...of "WKRP In Cincinnati".
"And then Mr. Carlson had the helicopter land in middle of the parking lot. I guess he thought he could save the day by letting the rest of the turkeys loose. It gets pretty strange after that..."
|4 days 6 hours ago||Of Course...||
But the Big Ten’s new criteria is influenced most heavily by the impact of the College Football Playoff, and specifically in how the 13-member selection committee culls through relevant data and metrics to select its four participants.
Of course this is the main driver, but I still like the switch, especially the part about having at least one Power Five opponent in the OOC.
|4 days 6 hours ago||Oh Wow...||
That's sad indeed, especially considering I finally met him at Motor City Comic Con this year - his was one of the longest lines, and so many people in that line like me had grown up watching Piper and everyone else in that era of wrestling. He seemed like a cool dude too, even based on a few minutes of interaction. RIP Hot Rod.
|4 days 11 hours ago||About Those Tweets...||
"Tweeting about academic performance. I've been watching the camps, how he's teaching the kids. He's a fantastic, inspirational guy. I see that all levels of the operation – he's a very inspiring guy on deeper missions about life, on self-improvement."
The tweets about academics are one of the aspects of the transparency that I like about Harbaugh's style. You have to think that players see these, just like they will the charts of drill and practice performance, and set their goals accordingly. It sort of reminds me of Lear Corporation's old motto - "Advance Relentlessly" - which I always thought was a cool message.